The Spring 2022 Flagpole Guide To Athens


Athens is a cornucopia of annual events including but not limited to festivals, parades, fundraisers, sporting events, craft markets and outdoor fun. While music is a highlight at many events, there is plenty of variety to spark other interests. Here are a few familiar happenings to look forward to each year. Check Flagpole ’s weekly calendar in print and at for a comprehensive community events roundup.

Dancing with the Athens Stars | Mar. 19, 2022 | Local celebrities work hard with their paired dancers for Project Safe at the Classic Center.

BreastFest | Mar. 26, 2022 | The Tyanna Foundation hosts a day of live music, food, beer and a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting St. Mary’s Women’s Imaging Center.

Fluke Mini-Comics and Zine Festival | Mar. 26, 2022 | Comic and zine creators (lots of them) get together annually to share and sell their stuff at the 40 Watt Club.

International Street Festival | Apr. 9, 2022 | Student and community groups present a day of music, art, food and more to showcase cultures from around the world.

G-Day Game | Apr. 16, 2022 | The University of Georgia’s free Red vs. Black spring scrimmage provides fans a first look at next year’s football team.

Boybutante Ball | Apr. 23, 2022 | This glamorous tradition at the 40 Watt features drag queens and kings raising funds for the Boybutante AIDS Foundation.

Twilight Criterium | Apr. 29–30, 2022 | This world-class bicycle race draws thousands downtown and includes lots of associated activities.

Indie South Fair | Apr. 30–May 1, 2022 | This large outdoor market of handcrafted and functional art has several other events throughout the year.

Winterville Marigold Festival | May 14, 2022 | Music, food, arts and a race highlight a day of fun for all ages in a quirky, cool pocket of Clarke County.

Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Festival | June 2022 | Music, food and fellowship at Hull and Washington streets downtown, celebrating local black culture and commerce.